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Jonny Montana featuring Pete Simpson "Maybe we could be free" (Stalwart Records CD Promo)

Jonny Montana featuring Pete Simpson - Maybe we could be free There ain't no stoppin' for up and rising Jonny Montana as the masterly "Maybe we could be free" proves. The song features the one and only Pete Simpson on vocals who impresses with a deeply felt performance on this utterly soulful production featuring exquisite jazzy keys and saxophone over a laidback loungey backing in the original version. The 'House Mix' is a smooth yet thrilling 4/4 interpretation of the song, taken to the next level by Vick Lavender who contributes a deeper wonderfully orchestrated version. But it doesn't end here as the Dolls Combers turn out a real jewel with their delightful remix that turns the heat up while never letting down the soul and emotion of the original.

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DragonFly "Mahal kita (binago)" (Newlite Muzik CD Promo)

"Mahal kita" was originally recorded in 2000 under the moniker Serjaye (a collaboration between Jason JayCee Ferguson and DragonFly) and then released through Neat Music in 2002, becoming an instant favorite with DJ's around the globe. Now this wonderful song returns with slammin' remixes by Abicah Soul whose three deep yet soulful mixes (one of them released on white label 12" back in 2004) are truly varied, while PolyRhythm go as deep as it gets on their hypnotic workout laced with lush synth melodies.

DJ Serge Negri featuring Anise "Breakthrough" (Bamboo Sounds CD Promo)

Hot on the heels of "Touch and control", DJ Serge Negri presents another bomb, this time teaming up with Anise for "Breakthrough", a grand production featuring delightful jazzy keys, saxophone and flute over deep percussion enriched rhythms, not to forget to mention the outstanding deeply felt vocals by Anise. The remix is courtesy of Kalim Shabazz who gives the track a definitive underground twist.

Richard Earnshaw featuring Imogen Ryall "Cry me a river" (Groovefinder Records CD Promo)

Here we have the long awaited second single from Richard Earnshaw's highly praised long player "In time" released last year. "Cry me a river" is an ingenious cover version of Ella Fitzgerald's memorable jazz classic featuring amazing vocals by Imogen Ryall alongside gorgeous jazzy keys over fierce yet soulful funk drenched backdrop. Black Coffee delivers a mesmeric piece of afrocentric soul, while Lefstide Wobble turns out a classy old skool flavored slice of boogie. Lastly, Scrimshire gets busy with the beat science on his take, nicely rounding off the package.

John Crockett featuring Natalie "Neighbor boy" (Haus'Flor Records CD Promo)

"Neighbor boy" is the latest chapter in the series of fruitful by John Crockett and Natalie, featuring the inimitable vocals by Natalie and John Crockett's unique keys and synth play over a deeply thumpin' infectious backing. "Neighbor boy" comes complete with an inspiring selection of remixes by Da Capo, DJ Aphreme, Mikki Afflick and John Crockett himself all adding their distinctive touch, giving you plenty of options to work the dance floors at any given time and occasion.

Various "WMC20Eleven - Miami Sampler" (Gotta Keep Faith Records CD Promo)

Similar to previous years, Gotta Keep Faith Records present a burning hot sampler of things to come on the label later in the year. Included is one mix each of Mr. Fuzz featuring Tony Lindsay "Innocence heart", Groove Assassin featuring Tantra Zawadi & Dana Byrd "African sunrise", Donald Sheffey "My house", Spiritual Blessings featuring MJ White "Call to the mother Afrique", Dom Navarra featuring Cairo "Like rain", Groove Addix featuring Kardri Anne "On your side" and Distant People featuring Chappell "If we all can", all of which are oozing with soul from beginning to the end and spread an uplifting summery feeling you can't resist to dance to.

Exclusive Preview: Various Artists "Motown House - The Album" (MuSol Records CD Promo)

We are sorry to say, but don't even bother to look out for this package in download stores a this is strictly for the DJ's... After one year in the making, MuSol decided to compile their fifteen four-to-the-floor mash-up's of Motown classics into a single release - the result is simply incredible and breathes new life into these unforgotten classics, and its truly hard to pick a favorite...

Exclusive Preview: Soul Vision featuring D'Layna "You've been on my mind" (Regroove CM18 Edit)(CD-R)

You might recall this 2001 classic by Soul Vision (Sandy Rivera and Jose Burgos) which features songstress D'Layna. This exclusive edit by Regroove brings the track back to the soulful floors, combining the passionate vocals with warm melodic keys, lovely sax and a beautiful guitar, all perfectly arranged over a groovy laidback backdrop.

Exclusive Preview: Michael Jackson "Rock with you" (Paul Mojito Remix)(CD-R)

"Rock with you" is one of the many classics Michael Jackson will always be remembered for, now Paul Mojito graces us with his uplifting interpretation of this timeless song originally released in 1979. His fresh take is sure to please the soulful heads thanks to the smoothly stompin' funky-as-hell groove, jazzy keys and gorgeous sax harmonizing perfectly with MJ's unmistakable vocals.

Exclusive Preview: Mary Mary "Walking" (Spellband Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Sunshine Anderson "Hard love" (Spellband Remix)(CD-R)

Here we have two brand new house remixes by Spellband who first take on "Walking" by Mary Mary (the first single from their upcoming album "Something big") and turn the song into a fierce thumper' sure to rock the floors. Next they rework "Hard love" by Sunshine Anderson (lifted from her 2010 album "The sun shines again") into a groovy affair featuring phat wicked synth melodies over a relentless groove.

Exclusive Preview: Trina Broussard "Love you so much" (The Soulfellaz SS Remix)(CD-R)
Exclusive Preview: Angie Stone "I wanna thank ya" (The Soulfellaz SS Remix)(CD-R)

We ain't stoppin' yet with bringing you exclusives as we got two super hot remixes by The Soulfellaz (they sent us some more so watch this space...). Both Trina Broussard's "Love you so much" and Angie Stone's "I wanna thank ya" are transformed  into resistless, deeper than deep four-to-the-floor shakers fueled with uber cool keys and chords - watch the dancers go crazy...

Mustafa featuring Elisangela "Sina" (Staff Productions CD Promo)

"Sina" by Djavan dates back to 1982 and is a popular song in Brazil, here covered by DJ/producer Mustafa and singer Elisangela in an excellent way. You can choose from a wide variety of mixes by Mustafa, Charles Spencer, Rafael Yapudjan, Frisco, David Mateo & Rafix and Richard Vasquez ranging from soulful to deep to peak time, all working Elisangela sultry vocals to full effect.

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